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AIM and ICQ suddenly together?

AIM and ICQ suddenly together?

AOL has been running two different instant messenger systems with ICQ and AIM for years; communication between these networks was previously not possible. But this should change in the foreseeable future, the preparations for the merger have already begun.

But where does this suddenly come from Change of heart on the part of AOL? Perhaps one would now like to face the competition from Microsoft as one. This would at least be a perfectly plausible explanation, because with the integration of MSN Messenger (Windows Messenger) in Windows, Microsoft was able to gain market share very quickly and without great effort.

A merger or a communication option between the two systems would have other advantages as well. While ICQ has a large fan base mainly in Europe (135 million users), AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) is primarily used in the USA. With a merger, one could effectively promote communication between the two continents. AOL would then bring it to 315 million Messenger users worldwide.